The material in this book is derived largely from our global experience using and teaching the DeSai body of knowledge over the last twenty-five years. This knowledge is based on walking the talk—working with clients of every size and every shape in just about every industry we can think of.
In that sense, I am deeply indebted to all the DeSai practitioners past and present, the plethora of client groups with whom they have worked, and the thousands (a guess) with whom I have worked personally since my father and I started our firm back in 1983.
When you write a first book, it is difficult to acknowledge only a few people since many of the broad ideas and suggestions took shape over one's entire life. Therefore, at the outset, I want to thank my family members, school teachers, family friends, mentors, professional colleagues, customers, suppliers, community activists, and many other life-journey men and women who have touched my heart and shaped my mind. Please accept my deepest gratitude for being part of my life. If you know me, you have helped me.
More specifically, I want to acknowledge the hard work of Wendy Kolanz for tirelessly providing the research and editing support during the development of this book; Cathy Swody and colleagues at Learning Research Institute, for providing assistance with original research that shaped the important framework for this book; and heartfelt gratitude to Larry Gregory and Tim Maurer, for their input and feedback during ...